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'Snakes in a Cab' cabbie has license suspended

Jimmy Failla has his license suspended by the Taxi and Limousine Commission after prank.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   March 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The comedian cabbie who created a viral sensation by pranking taxi passengers with a live python has had his license suspended by the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York City.

In his “Snakes in a Cab” YouTube video, Jimmy Failla let his python poke its head into the back seat of his cab, using a hidden camera to capture his passengers’ reactions.

“This was monumentally poor judgment on the driver’s part, and we are clearly going to actively question this person’s suitability to continue holding a TLC license,” Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesman Allan Fromberg told the New York Post last week.

Failla claimed he “got releases from everyone afterward,” but was suspended nonetheless.

The suspension isn’t really a big deal to Failla because he hasn’t driven a cab for a number of years and is more focused on his comedy. “I don’t care,” he said. “It’s the worst job in the world.”

The 37-year-old comic rented the cab that he used in prank and, to avoid trouble with the TLC, never turned on the meter. None of the passengers in the video filed complaints against Failla.

[New York Post] [WPIX]

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